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A 18-year-old female asked:

hi, i am 34 weeks pregnant and struggling with my prenatal vitamins because i dont do too well with taking tablets. are there any safe nutritional supplements shakes like ensure that i can take instead?

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Dr. LINDILE SOGA
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Speak to pharmacist: Your pharmacist should be able to advise on one of a number of supplements in powder or syrup form that can provide you with adequate vitamin and mineral requirements you need. These are available otc

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Does having celiac disease make a woman more prone to sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy?

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A 23-year-old female asked:

I'm a month pregnant and I couldn't eat healthy due to nausea. I suffer stomach burn & ache.Wt to do?

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See your doc: Your doc may be able to give you some basic medications (eg vitamin b6) to control your nausea. Eating smaller portioned meals may help your nausea and avoid spicy foods/caffeine if possible until the nausea reduces. If your nausea persists despite treatment, you may need some stronger medications and IV fluids.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can prenatal vitamins help with hair loss in women who have never been pregnant? If not, which vitamins help?

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Dr. Christopher Powers
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None: Unless you have a specifically identified vitamin deficiency (which is relatlvely uncommon in a country like the us) and that vitamin deficiency is linked to hair loss, don't bother with any vitamin supplementation. It's expensive and a recent study shows it may be harmful.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Agree. But What about prenatal vitamin and mineral supplementation that seems to be universally prescribed in the USA? Hair loss may be due to many factors and the patient should see her doctor about the hair loss to see if there is a problem e.g. thyroid hormone deficiency etc.
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Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree with everything you say. There is very little or no evidence that, apart from the folic acid and perhaps the DHA in a prenatal, the vitamin does any good at all for a developing fetus. If anything, it may help the mother who is being, literally, parasitized, but even that's doubtful if she's eating a well-balanced diet.
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A 18-year-old member asked:

I just got my appendix removed, will my baby be okay? Im 18 weeks pregnant and the dr. Checks his heart beat and he sounds healthy but will he be ok?

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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Family Medicine 24 years experience
OK: Appendectomy if done under spinal anesthesia should be safe. Baby needs meternal fetalmedicine follow up. I dont have complete details here to coment on this entirely and your obgyn can give the best answer.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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It would be highly unusual for an appendectomy to be performed under spinal anesthesia; almost all are done under general anesthesia.
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A 20-year-old member asked:

Lower abdominal pain on left side and natious took 3 hpt and one blood test both came back negative is there a chance im still pregnant?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Not likely: Sorry, but if the blood test is negative, it is highly unlikely, unless you are the victim of a mix-up at the lab, that you are pregnant. It sounds like all of the tests have agreed that you are not pregnant, so a lab mistake even more unlikely. You should find out why you are having lower abdominal pain and nausea as some causes can be serious. Please go to your doctor and get this looked into.
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a very early pregnancy that can be missed by all of the tests you have had, would not be causing your symptoms yet, so it is very unlikely.
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